Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has said the silence by the political and eminent community leaders in the country amidst agitation for the balkanization of the country in certain quarters was worrisome.
The Vice President expressed his concern at Transcorp Hilton on Tuesday night at an interactive section with Anambra State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants.
Osinbajo appealed to the opinion leaders across the country to seize the initiative to open discussions with those behind the movement as he cautioned that Nigeria could not afford a slide into another civil war.
He said: “The thing about the kind of conflict in this part of the world – developing countries, is that it is usually a war without end.
“Everyone who thinks they have some monies stored up somewhere will eventually run out of money.
“Everyone who thinks they can go and hide somewhere, won`t even find a place to hide, in the end, everyone will suffer.
“Even if you don’t suffer, your parents, children, young and old people and your relations will suffer. We cannot afford a war in this country, we can’t afford it.
“I pray that our country will never know conflict, but I know that every conflict is as a result of elite failure to speak up the truth and tell the truth to their communities.
“If we don’t speak up against disunity, if we keep quiet and remain under the radar, the enemies of peace and those who want to promote disunity will have their ways. And when this happens, we will find ourselves running helter-skelter.” Osinbajo said.